appearing small accomplishes nothing…

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” –Marianne Williamson

I needed this quote today.  You might like it, you may even have wanted to hear it, but i needed it.

i think at times we talk ourselves into being less than we are, so that we blend in… we try to appear less, to seem not as creative, or not as bright, or not as tall (!), or not as beautiful, so that others feel kinship with us.  We fear that if we really show how amazing we are, that other people will shy away… or feel we are trying to compete with their gifts.

I have a brilliant sister- she is the other half of my soul…we sound the same, have the same weird humor and i believe we think in the same patterns.  She is a poet.  She writes beautiful poetry, has an MFA in creative writing, and has read really substantial literature.  For years, i was the ‘artist’ and she was the ‘writer’ in our family- at least that was how i thought of it.  So when i started writing, i didn’t tell her…cuz, you know…i’m not the ‘writer’…and she is really good at writing.  But i realized that my art and writing went together, that they were parts of the same thought process- that one helped the other come to life…so i continued to write…but i didn’t tell her…cuz, you know…she’s the ‘writer’.  She and i write emails to one another quite often…and i dropped in a few weeks ago, “so i’m writing a blog. its about creativity….here’s the website…blah, blah, blah” and went on to discuss the finer points of good and bad blog sites.  Last night i had a moment of panic, and loss of confidence, and almost gave up the whole idea of writing…because, well, you know.

But, i found this quote, in looking for creativity quotes…and it reached right out and touched me on the shoulder.  I realized that somewhere in me, i was thinking, (ok, hang on tight, you are going to have to follow me here…)”we are the kinda the same- my sister and i, and she is the writer, and if i write, it will be like i am taking over something that belongs only to her, and she will be mad…”  Oh, yeah, that makes perfect sense, Pat…brilliant…so glad you thought that out, so you could see the logic in that… (are you shaking your head at me, and clicking your tongue?)

I am here to tell you… whatever you have, show it! If you can do physics problems in your head, would you please show off that skill a bit?!  If you are gorgeous, strut your beauty a bit 🙂  and if you are creative, then do something with it!!! The world is here to be blessed, changed, rearranged and shocked by each of us! There are people around you waiting to be awed by you…don’t disappoint them.

And i am going to write.

much love,

pat

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